BPS #005: What is the world’s DUMBEST back pain question?

What’s up guys. This is Robin Wakeham and welcome to the Back Pain Secrets podcast. Today we’re going to talk about the world’s DUMBEST back pain question?

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a really fun experience/experiment, and I want to share, because I think there’s some value in it for everybody.

I’ve been asking a question to a few of my back-pain clients lately.

That question is…”what is the world’s dumbest question?”

Most back pain clients, whether they are intelligent or not, have no response. You can see their face go blank when you ask the question.

It’s a tough one.

Not many people have ever thought about it before or been asked the question.

While some back pain sufferers had no answer at all, I did get some interesting ones.

One client told me:

“The world’s dumbest question is the one not asked due to fear of rejection, which if asked could have led to opportunity.”


It’s definitely an amazing answer and I agree with him.

However, the answer I was actually looking for is different.

It’s dumber. And seems stupid really.

It’s “Where are you now?”

The reason that’s the dumbest question is because there is only ever one true answer: you are Here. You are where you are. You can never be anywhere other than where you are.

This may seem like a silly question but let me explain.

Where are you NOW? Where are you right now with your (problem)?

Are you where you want to be?

Have you achieved all you want to achieve?

Have you arrived at your “destination?”

Or do you want more?

Do you want to be able to get a good night’s rest without back pain?

Do you want to play with your kids or grandchildren without back pain?

And most of all…do you want to heal your back pain permanently without using prescription drugs or surgery??

If you’re not where you want to be…then the only way to get there is to take action. To find a path that will take you to your goals and then follow that path. This is fastest possible way to heal your back pain.

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Robin BackPainExpert

Physiotherapists & Back Pain Expert

Twenty years ago I was lucky to survive a serious hockey injury. In a sport where big men zoomaround on hard ice and solid wood sticks are slung furiously, a difficult back injury is what every player fears.
It took a long time for me to climb back to a normal life. But when I did, I was determined to spend the rest of his life helping back pain victims everywhere.
As a physiotherapist and back pain expert I have treated thousands of patients over 20 years, built a respected back pain clinic, created the site BackPainSecrets.Com and authored the book “Back Pain Secrets.”
Learn more about me here.